Maryland Woman Fined $310 for Killing Police Officer

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    more ... http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,354402,00.html
     
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    As tragic as this story is, the facts which Faux News chose to omit provide context for the grand jury's decision not to indict.

    Apparently, the grand jury did not want the ruin the life of a young woman for hitting a cop who stepped into high-speed traffic.
     
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    One cop opines on the safety of the step-out technique:

     
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    This is why speed cameras are needed. At those speeds it's criminally negligent to expect a police officer to try and flag down a motorist from the side of the road at any speed let alone in an area where someone is travelling at 60 mph or more. Fair enough if you're pursuing them and either timing them or using a mobile speed detection device, then you can wave them over and get out when the vehicle has stopped.
     
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    Given this comment of yours on another thread, what was your point in starting this thread?
     
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    Ummm ... it was an article in the news?:eusa_doh:

    Didn't know anyone would want to make some partisan bullshit out of it.

    However, I disagree with the jury's decision. Had she not been violating the law to begin with, the cop would not have felt the need to attempt to stop her.

    See how easy that works?
     
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    You quoted the story together with the bullshit headline that Faux News put on it. Surely there was a purpose.

    The grand jury was exactly correct. Intent to violate the speeding law does not equal intent to commit homicide. As another cop pointed out, all the officer had to do was get in his car and pull her over. Or he could have worked in tandem with another cop, and radioed ahead. His decision to step in front of a speeding car does not escalate a traffic offense into a felony and should not ruin the life of a young woman.
     
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    Awesome. The new version of the felony murder law is now downgraded to a citation murder law. Amazing idea.
     
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    Now, doesn't it look like the cop had suicidal tendencies?
     
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    I wouldn't go there myself. He was doing a dangerous job in an extremely dangerous manner dictated by a really bad policy. What happened to him was a tragedy, and I think the grand jury was simply refusing to compound the tragedy by branding the driver as a felon.
     
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